During the Enlightenment, John Locke, Rene Descartes, Immanuel Kant, and numerous others wrote some of the most influential philosophical texts. This same time period, according to the authors of this digital collection from the Stanford University Libraries, "also witnessed a surprising fascination with ancient mythologies, alchemy, divine arcana, and secret societies." Created by Dan Edelstein and Sarah Sussman, this website is dedicated to this oft-overlooked aspect of the eighteenth century, which they term the Super- Enlightenment. Visitors with reading knowledge of French can read 36 texts authored between the years 1716 and 1835 that illustrate characteristics of the Super-Enlightenment. For those not fluent in French, there are other ways to learn more about this fascinating time period; in the Bio-bibliographical essays section of the Authors tab, visitors will find nine scholar-authored essays about Super-Enlightenment thinkers and their ideas.
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